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roofing pipe vent boot seals, FYI


July 2, 2020, 3:14 pm

I never knew these needed to be replaced on a regular schedule. The roofer said every 5 to 10 years. Mine leaked. I am looking at a few weeks worth of work and a lot of money to fix the rotted wo... Read more »

Cabinets made of osb


June 23, 2020, 11:22 pm

We purchased cabinets made of osb. Would using Thompson water seal on the unfinished surfaces be a good idea. Read more »

Span of a truss


May 21, 2020, 1:13 am

I have a 7/12 patch roof , 2x4 trusses, Queen post style, 24 “ o.c ... do I need a load bearing wall in the middle of the trusses are 30 ft long Read more »

Concrete core distance


February 25, 2020, 9:55 pm

Is there a certain distance you have to be away from a Hilti anchor to core a hole through a concrete floor ? Read more »

Gable truss wall load bearing?


February 24, 2020, 1:58 am

I have a 2.5 car disconnected garage and connected to the garage is a porch. I would like to open up the wall between the porch and garage. I am trying to figure out if the wall is load bearing? The ... Read more »

Compacting subbase for paver patio


September 12, 2019, 6:41 pm

Do it yourself I'm installing paver stone patio and got ahead of myself when putting in limestone sub base. I didn't compact in lifts and have between 9 to 10 inches spread out . will i still be okay... Read more »

Filling a pole with cement


July 21, 2019, 10:19 pm

Well I listen to you alls coments on if filling a pipe with cement will make it stronger and I'm gunna try it. I put up a tetherball pole and when I hit the ball it wiggles and vibrates at the top of... Read more »

Removal of wood 8x8 post with rebar in it that is set in cement


June 25, 2019, 1:56 am

My garage was damaged in a tornado Nd snapped off two wooden 8x8 posts in my garage. In order to reset posts the old posts need to come out, except that they have rebar running through the wood post... Read more »

Stove hood


April 18, 2019, 10:09 am

Does anybody make a stove hood with a fan and an air filter, for stoves that aren't near an outside wall? I'm hoping one might exist with a washable air filter. Thanks. -- Read more »

Builder Screwup pouring foundation


April 5, 2019, 3:17 pm

I'm currently having a home built as well. One of the foundation walls was poured out of square. One end of the wall was poured at the correct locat ion. The framers noticed it was incorrect. ... Read more »

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Post pounding through slough

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Hello. I'm just looking to get some advice on installing fencing through a slough/low lying wet area. The fence posts are for horse fencing, and are 4.15 dowelled round posts. I can't get a hydrau... Read more »

Steel I Beams

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Does anyone know what a 8 inch I beam weighs per foot? How far will one span un supported. We are looking at a spanning 40 foot in 2 sections with poured post / piller in the middle for support. 2 X ... Read more »

Help! The walls are falling down!

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OK, not really falling down, but the plaster is pulling away from the lath. Here's the story. The house is almost 100 years old. It's located in Seattle Wa. We have been in the place for 6 years wi... Read more »

Adding bacteria to the septic tank

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How does one know if its suitable and appropriate to use additive type bacteria to the septic tank via the drain system from the house? I started the septic bacteria with 2 large cans of yeast per ... Read more »

Installing shower wand on fiberglass surround

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We recently moved into our new house and I need to install a wand-type shower in one bathroom. The bathroom has a typical fiberglass tub with fiberglass surround. The shower arm for the fixed-head sh... Read more »

Orangeburg pipe?

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I have made an offer on a home and had inspections. It passes reasonably on everything and I want the home. However, although the septic inspector passed the system, my understanding is that it woul... Read more »

Underground Wiring

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Hello, I just purchased a 6 acre country property in West Texas and am building a small apartment (580SF). I didn't do a lot of research on supplying electricity to the apartment and had the elec... Read more »

cutting hole for steel chimney

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I need to cut a 12 diameter hole through floor for steel chimney. Chase is only 13 wide so not enough room to complete hole with jigsaw or sawzall. Hoping someone can offer solution. Thanks in advanc... Read more »

Wood-I or Open Truss Joists?

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about to order the floor joist system for my house, and have been hearing different things about open-truss-systems: they sound like having a drum under/over you, or: they will make your plumber/elec... Read more »

nibs on wall after painting

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Hello to all: I have a quick question regarding what I might have done wrong painting the upstairs bedroom closet. To start, enlarged the closet, so new drywall went up. Put 2 coats of drywall prime... Read more »

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